A Super Cozy Pair of PJ’s
As soon as I saw this fabric on The Fabric Guys website I knew it would be perfect for something for my daughter as she absolutely loves dogs. I had originally thought I would make a sweatshirt out of it but when the fabric arrived it was so super soft and drapey I knew it would suit a cosy pair of PJs much better and she was in need of some new nightwear so that’s what I decided to make.
I didn’t actually have a pattern for a pair of pyjamas for a child so I put my thinking cap on and based my idea around a pair she already had which was basically, a pair of leggings and a long sleeved top. I had a basic child’s T shirt pattern in my collection already that I had picked up on the Stoff and Still stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show so I decided to use this and then I ordered and downloaded a PDF pattern for a basic pair of leggings from Bobbins and Buttons, another lovely small sewing business I’d come across at the show.
I pre washed the fabric as always on a 30 degree wash, I always launder my fabric as I plan to wash the garment when it’s made and then hung it out to dry. It dried super quickly and didn’t need any ironing at all – bonus!!
Once I’d downloaded and put together the PDF pattern for the leggings, which only took me about half an hour I might add, I set about cutting out all of my pieces with my cutting mat, rotary cutter and pattern weights. I find this method much easier for cutting jersey as it stops slipping and stretching.
When sewing jersey I usually like to sew my seams with a zig zag stitch on my sewing machine first and then move on to finish the seams with my over locker. I’m not sure why but I’ve always been a bit too nervous to sew directly with the over locker just in case! However, my sewing machine, which had been playing up for a little while, decided that it didn’t want to sew any kind of zig zag or stretch stitch any more eek!! So there I was thrown into the deep end, if I wanted to get this little pair of PJs finished I would have to be brave and sew everything directly with the over locker.
So that’s what I did, I took my time, pinned lots and sewed very slowly and actually just using the over locker sped up my sewing considerably and I was pleased I’d given it a try. I did have to hem the sleeve cuffs and the bottom of the top with a straight stitch in the end but I’m hoping that, as they are not at the stretchy-est part of the garment, they will hold ok.
This fabric is beautiful to work with, it didn’t curl as some jerseys can, the only thing I would say is that it’s super stretchy so when fitting the neckband I really had to take care that I was only stretching the band rather than the neckline itself as it could have bagged out quite easily I think.
The leggings came together very quickly and the cuffs and waist band went on perfectly. I love this pattern and I’ll definitely be filling up my daughter’s wardrobe with lots of new pairs from all of my jersey scraps from now on.
My daughter is so happy with her new pyjamas, in fact they are so soft and cosy she’s barely taken them off! I would highly recommend this jersey for children’s wear due to how soft and comfortable it is, I think it would make a lovely little summer dress for a little girl this season.
Thank you again for having me on the blog – I hope you enjoyed reading all about this make as much as I loved sewing it up.
Until next time!